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Summary

  1. Criminal proceedings opened against Sepp Blatter
  2. 14 Premier League news conferences
  3. Honorary sporting degrees debate #bbcsportsday

Live Reporting

By Andy Cryer and Bill Rice

All times stated are UK

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  1. Have a great weekend!

    Football

    The live acton just keeps on coming this weekend - with Premier League football, Rugby World Cup and Formula 1 to look forward to, as well as the final night of Super League tonight from 19:00 BST.

    That's about all we've got time for on Sportsday today though - so I could wish you all a great weekend, but i'd rather leave the last word for Mesut Ozil.

    What a guy...

  2. Football

    Man Utd v Sunderland (Sat, 15:00 BST)

    Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal feels sorry for the plight of his "friend" Dick Advocaat at Sunderland.

    The Dutch pair will be in opposing dug-outs at Old Trafford on Saturday, kick-off 15:00 BST.

    United are second in the Premier League while Sunderland are bottom of the table with two points from six games.

    van Gaal Advocaat

    "Dick Advocaat is a friend," said Van Gaal. "I sympathise with the person. I hope Sunderland win every game except the ones against Manchester United."

    He added: "We have seen each other many times. We are calling each other."

  3. Time for Fifa to be 'disbanded'

    Fifa scandal

    Former sports minister Gerry Sutcliffe says it's time for Fifa to be "disbanded and regrouped because it is clear everyone has had a finger in the pie".

    "In any organisation when criminal charges are brought forward, the person involved stands aside to allow them time to answer the allegations and that should happen in this case.

    "Football has to look at itself, sponsors have to look at what is going on and reconstitute the organisation," Sutcliffe said.

  4. Criminal investigation into Sepp Blatter

    Fifa scandal

    Sepp Blatter

    No doubting the big news today, Swiss prosecutors have opened a criminal investigation into Sepp Blatter, the head of football's world governing body Fifa.

    The attorney general's office said he was being investigated "on suspicion of criminal mismanagement as well as - alternatively - on suspicion of misappropriation".

    Mr Blatter was being questioned, and his office was searched, it added.

    Fifa said it was co-operating with the investigation.

    Mr Blatter, 79, has run Fifa since 1998 and has always denied any wrongdoing.

  5. Mata talks to MOTD Kickabout

    Football

    Juan Mata

    Ahead of all the weekend's football, MOTD Kickabout caught up with Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata, and you can watch a sneak preview of the interview here.

    You can watch the full interview at 07:45 BST on Saturday on CBBC or catch up on the iPlayer.

  6. Blatter's mis-judged moments

    Fifa scandal

    Abolishing draws, tighter shorts for women or applauding John Terry's affair - Sepp Blatter is no stranger to controversy - as this selection of mis-judged quotes from 2011 shows.

    Sepp Blatter
  7. Commitment to the cause

    Football

    West Ham striker Andy Carroll retweeted this today...how far would you go to pay tribute to your favourite player?

  8. Premier League predictor

    Football

    Don't forget to submit your predictions for this weekend's Premier League action, and see if you can beat BBC Sport's Mark Lawrenson.

  9. Petition against Paloma's song

    Rugby World Cup

    Paloma Faith

    A petition has been launched, asking ITV to stop playing Paloma Faith's Rugby World Cup song.

    The campaign, which a few thousand people have signed up to so far, has asked ITV to stop playing the track, a cover of World in Union.

    "Make it a more enjoyable experience for all spectators," writes Jonathan Wilson, who started the petition.

    Paloma previously told Newsbeat that she was "quite pleased with it" and that was all that mattered, while there hasn't been any comment from ITV.

  10. Rugby World Cup

    England v Wales (Saturday, 20:00 BST)

    Ahead of England's meeting with Wales on Saturday at Twickenham, check out this gem from 2003. Program or programme? We say the latter.

  11. Rugby World Cup

    Scotland v USA (Sunday, 14:30 BST)

    Scotland's players have been enjoying fine weather this Friday as they prepare for Sunday's battle with the USA at Elland Road.

  12. 'Change is painful' for Newcastle

    Newcastle v Chelsea (Sat, 17:30 BST)

    Steve McClaren

    Newcastle boss Steve McClaren has warned that "change is painful" after getting the backing of managing director Lee Charnley.

    The Magpies have not won a Premier League game this term and were beaten by Championship side Sheffield Wednesday in the League Cup in midweek.

    "We are changing a lot - philosophy, culture, standards, training and style," said McClaren.

    Charnley said there will be no "panic" over the club's poor form.

  13. Neville almost ready for manager's job

    Football

    Phil Neville says his coaching role at Valencia feels like a "last year at university", ahead of being ready to take a manager's job himself.

    He's described the coaching role as "the final bit of learning and experience I need. Now I am reaching the point where I would like to be a No 1."

    Phil Neville

    The former Manchester United, Everton and England player also reveals in an interview with the Daily Mail how he turned up in a police car on his first day at the Spanish club, and why he was in his pyjamas when manager Nuno Espirito Santo invited him for a beer.

    Plus he explains how he will never get over the death of his father in August.

  14. The Beast vs Sumo

    Football

    Steve McNulty Akinfenwa

    Wladimir Klitschko and Tyson Fury's world title fight may be on hold, but Luton boss John Still says Saturday's heavyweight clash of AFC Wimbledon striker Adebayo Akinfenwa and Hatters defender Steve McNulty will be "worth coming to see".

    McNulty and Akinfenwa, known for their larger frames, met each other once last term - the Dons winning the match 1-0.

    "They're two lads that will probably respect each other's contributions," Still told BBC Three Counties Radio.

    "They might have a little dig in the game but will have arms around each other at the end."

  15. 'Blatter should step down immediately'

    Fifa scandal

    Richard Conway

    BBC Radio 5 live sports news correspondent

    Cobus de Swardt, managing director of anti-corruption agency Transparency International, said today:

    “The criminal investigations at Fifa have now reached the very top, showing that the organisation is not fit for purpose. It needs independent oversight immediately. No statement from the current management about reform can be trusted. Sepp Blatter should have nothing to do with Fifa while these investigations are continuing." 

    Sepp Blatter

    "As we have said in the past, without a real independent reform commission there can be no confidence that FIFA can end this corruption crisis.

    "The billions of football fans around the world have watched as FIFA’s name has become synonymous with corruption. It is now time for a change.

    “Sepp Blatter should step down immediately.”

  16. Argentina 14-9 Georgia

    Rugby World Cup

    There could be another shock on the cards at the Rugby World Cup in Gloucester.

    Georgia trail Argentina by just five points at the start of the second half of their Pool C match, which you can follow live right here.

  17. Blatter to stay or go?

    Fifa scandal

    The Guardian's David Conn also believes it is still difficult to imagine Blatter stepping down, despite how difficult it could be to continue in his role as Fifa president until February.

    He added: “It is incredible to many people he stood for re-election not only earlier this year during a massive corruption scandal, but even in 2011 the rival candidate (Mohamed Bin Hammam of Asia) was knocked off the ballot paper over his own corruption scandal, yet Sepp Blatter has always sailed blissfully on saying he has to be the captain of the ship.

    “It seems extraordinary he would stay on as president until the designated time in February, but you would rather bet on him staying on rather than stepping down.”

  18. Blatter investigation 'still stunning news'

    Fifa scandal

    Guardian sports writer David Conn has told BBC Radio 5 live it is "still stunning news" Sepp Blatter is being investigated under criminal proceedings in Switzerland.

    He said: “You can get too used to it, but if you take a step back a bit, it’s not long ago Fifa denied any wrongdoing and Sepp Blatter’s position seemed unassailable. Now after a serious of corruption scandals the president is being named.

    “What is significant is that it comes from the criminal authorities in his own country where he always seemed so comfortable that’s he’s under serious criminal investigation. So you could say not surprised, but it is still startling news.”

  19. BreakingWilson signs new Man Utd contract

    Football

    James Wilson has signed a new contract at Manchester United until June 2019, with an option to extend for a further year.

    Manager Louis van Gaal described the striker, 19, as "a very talented forward player with a keen eye for goal".

    "His development is continuing in the right direction and it is clear to see that he has a fine future ahead of him" Van Gaal added.

    James Wilson
  20. FA will wait to see what happens next - Palios

    Fifa scandal

    Former Football Association chief executive Mark Palios has told BBC Radio 5 live it is impossible to see Michel Platini put himself forward as the next president of Fifa - if he did receive a "disloyal payment" from Sepp Blatter.

    He believes the FA will be waiting to see what happens next - but described Sepp Blatter as a lame duck, even if he stays in post until February.

  21. Surrey secure Division Two title

    County Championship

    Surrey have won the County Championship Division Two title despite drawing their final game against Northants at The Oval.

    The 13 points gained were enough to ensure they will go up as champions after rivals Lancashire had to settle for a draw in their game against Essex at Chelmsford.

    Surrey were set 215 to win the game, but after Jason Roy hit 77 off 35 balls, a halt was called with their score on 125-5.

  22. Watford news conference

    Crystal Palace v Watford (Sun, 16:00 BST)

    Geoff Doyle

    BBC Three Counties Radio sport

    Watford are likely to field a very similar side to the one that beat Newcastle last weekend for the visit of Crystal Palace on Sunday. 

    "One of our targets is to be stable. It is one of the most important things," manger Quique Flores said.

    "We have a lot of confidence but I wouldn't want to be over-confident because it's not good for the team," he added. 

  23. Criminal proceedings against Blatter

    Fifa scandal

    Dan Roan

    BBC Sports editor

    Although Blatter announced he was stepping down back in June, he decided to hang on as president until February - in a bid to influence the choice of his successor and reforms. That now seems highly unlikely, with calls for him to resign immediately bound to intensify. 

    Today's news that Blatter is being questioned over a disloyal payment of 2m Swiss francs to Uefa supremo Michel Platini also drags the most powerful man in European football into the crisis. 

    Blatter & Platini

    The Frenchman is the favourite to replace Blatter as Fifa president and critics will say that this proves that he is not the man to take Fifa forward. 

    A day that ultimately serves to remind us why this is the biggest scandal in sports history.

  24. Criminal proceedings opened against Blatter

    Fifa scandal

    Dan Roan

    BBC Sports editor

    Ever since May, when the arrest of senior Fifa officials in dawn raids in Zurich plunged world football's governing body into crisis, the sport has wondered whether the scandal would lead directly to president Sepp Blatter. 

    Today - finally - it did. On the one hand perhaps, it should come as no surprise. 

    After all, Blatter's been at the helm of Fifa for 17 years - he's become symbolic of the many corruption allegations that have blighted the body and some thought it a matter of time until investigations by the FBI and Swiss criminal authorities would implicate him.

    Sepp Blatter

    In fact, such was the perceived threat facing Blatter, his lawyers advised him not to travel abroad. 

    However, today is still a stunning development, with criminal proceedings opened against the man who still runs world football. 

  25. BreakingArsenal's Gabriel suspended

    Football

    Arsenal defender Gabriel will serve a one-match ban after admitting a charge of improper conduct.

    The defender's appeal against his red card for a clash with Diego Costa during the 2-0 defeat at Chelsea was successful earlier this week.

    He will though serve a ban for his behaviour after his sending off, and was also fined £10,000 and warned as to his future conduct.

    Gabriel
  26. Watford news conference

    Watford v Crystal Palace (Sun, 16:00 BST)

    Geoff Doyle

    BBC Three Counties Radio sport

    Watford boss Quique Flores has been answering questions about Tottenham striker Emmanuel Adebayor today. Newspaper reports suggested Flores had blocked the strikers attempts to train with them whilst he remains frozen out at Spurs. 

    "Two weeks ago we closed the squad. It's not the time to add. I'm focusing on the squad I have," Flores said.

    When pressed about whether he would consider signing him in January, Flores responded: "You never know." 

    However, with the current form of his strikers Odion Ighalo and Troy Deeney and with new signing Obbi Oulare waiting in the wings, that seems very unlikely.

    Emmanuel Adebayor
  27. Watford news conference

    Crystal Palace v Watford (Sun, 16:00 BST)

    Geoff Doyle

    BBC Three Counties Radio sport

    Quique Flores

    Watford boss Quique Flores is in confident mood as his side aim for their third Premier League win in a row after victories over Newcastle and Swansea. 

    The Spaniard has opted to stick to a very settled side so far this campaign and that's likely to continue against Alan Pardew's team. 

    The partnership of forwards Troy Deeney and Odion Ighalo has grabbed the majority of headlines so far but the understanding between central defensive duo Craig Cathcart and Sebastian Prodl cannot be underestimated.

  28. British success

    Tennis

    It's been a good day for Britain's Heather Watson and Johanna Konta - who are one win away from the Wuhan Open main draw after both won their opening qualifying matches in China.

  29. Criminal proceedings opened against Blatter

    Fifa scandal

    Who does Sepp Blatter think he is?

    He enjoys long walks in the Swiss countryside. He listens to classical music every morning. He challenges himself to solve a crossword or sudoku puzzle.

    To better understand who Blatter is and why he still wants to be president, in May 2015 BBC Radio 5 live sports news correspondent Richard Conway spoke to six people who know the Fifa leader well.

    Sepp Blatter
  30. Pumas without Galarza for Georgia clash

    Argentina v Georgia (Fri, 16:45 BST)

    Argentina

    Argentina lock Mariano Galarza will miss the rest of the World Cup after being banned for nine weeks for making contact "with the eye or eye area" of New Zealand's Brodie Retallick.

    Today the Pumas take on Georgia in their Pool C match in Gloucester - you can follow live commentary of that game here..

  31. Petit should have joined Man Utd

    World Football podcast

    World Cup winner Emmanuel Petit says he regrets leaving Arsenal for Barcelona in 2000 and also reveals he may have made another error by not swapping Camp Nou for Old Trafford.  

    Emmanuel Petit

    Speaking to BBC World Football, Petit claims former United bossSir Alex Fergusoncalled him a couple of times when he was in Spain because he knew he was unhappy at Barca.

    "Maybe I should have gone to Man Utd and had a chance to play at Old Trafford with Roy Keane, Scholes, Giggs, Beckham and co," said the former Arsenal and Chelsea midfielder. "Another mistake from myself."

    Hear more from Petit by downloadingthe latest BBC World Football podcast.

  32. Nothing to see here...

    Fifa scandal

    You'd imagine that the front page of the Fifa website was worth visiting right about now. Or maybe not...

    graphic
  33. Sussex relegated

    Cricket

    Sussex have been relegated from Division One of the County Championship following a 100-run defeat by champions Yorkshire at Headingley.

    Following Hampshire's win against Nottinghamshire earlier in the day, Sussex needed to at least draw their game, but defeat ended their five-year stay in the top flight.  

  34. Who is Sepp Blatter?

    Fifa scandal

    How much do you know about Sepp Blatter - the man who was re-elected for an unprecedented fifth four-year term asFifapresident in May?

    You can find out about his improbably journey from the alpine town of Vispto the top of world football here.

    Sepp Blatter
  35. Criminal proceedings opened against Blatter

    Fifa scandal

    Sepp Blatter

    Outgoing Fifa president Sepp Blatter told BBC Sport's Richard Conway in August he is "clean" and "there is no corruption in football" amid criminal investigations at world football's governing body.  

    You can watch that video again here.

  36. Criminal proceedings opened against Blatter

    Fifa scandal

    As for the man himself he's been a little quiet on Twitter - in fact he hasn't posted anything in the last seven days.

    Sepp Blatter Twitter
  37. Get Involved

    #bbcsportsday

    David Faulkner: Can Platini still stand for Fifa President if Blatter is suspected of a disloyal payment to him? 

    Cameron: In a word, No. Position is untenable. I think Fifa as it exists is untenable and should be disbanded.

  38. As it happened

    Fifa scandal

    Here's a quick look back at today's events from Fifa through the eyes of BBC Radio 5 live sports news correspondent Richard Conway.

  39. Blatter in quotes

    Fifa scandal

    Sepp Blatter

    "I am the president now, the president of everybody," said Sepp Blatter after winning a fifth term as head of Fifa.

    Yet that was far from the strangest thing he has said during his 17-year stint as president.

    From mountain goats to tighter shorts, the 79-year-old has never been shy to air his views; here are some of his most notable comments.

  40. Blatter's controversial career

    Fifa scandal

    sepp blatter

    Sepp Blatter was re-elected as Fifa president in May, despite seven top Fifa officials being arrested in a massive corruption probe.

    BBC Sport's Natalie Pirks looks back at the controversial career of football's 'Teflon man'.

  41. Criminal proceedings opened against Blatter

    Fifa scandal

    Fifa have released a statement of their own after the news that criminal proceedings have been opened against president Sepp Blatter by the Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland:

    "Since 27 May 2015, Fifa has been cooperating with the OAG and has complied with all requests for documents, data and other information. We will continue this level of cooperation throughout the investigation.

    "Today, at the Home of Fifa, representatives from the Office of the Swiss Attorney General conducted interviews and gathered documents pursuant to its investigation. Fifa facilitated these interviews as part of our ongoing cooperation.

    "We will have no further comment on the matter as it is an active investigation." 

  42. Criminal proceedings opened against Blatter

    Fifa scandal

    More from the office of the Attorney General:

    "On 25 September 2015, representatives of the OAG interrogated the defendant Joseph Blatter following a meeting of the FIFA Executive Committee. As for all defendants, the presumption of innocence applies for Mr Joseph Blatter."

  43. Criminal proceedings opened against Blatter

    Fifa scandal

    Sepp Blatter

    More from the Office of the Attorney General:

    "On the one hand, the OAG suspects that on 12 September 2005 Mr Joseph Blatter has signed a contract with the Caribbean Football Union (with Jack Warner as the President at this time); this contract was unfavorable for FIFA. On the other hand, there is as suspicion that, in the implementation of this agreement, Joseph Blatter also violated his fiduciary duties and acted against the interest of FIFA and/or FIFA Marketing & TV AG.

    "Additionally, Mr. Joseph Blatter is suspected of a disloyal payment of CHF 2 Mio. to Michel Platini, President of Union of European Football Associations (UEFA), at the expense of FIFA, which was allegedly made for work performed between January 1999 and June 2002 ; this payment was executed in February 2011."

  44. Criminal proceedings opened against Blatter

    Fifa scandal

    A statement from The Office of the Attorney General:

    "The Office of the Attorney Generalof Switzerland (OAG) has opened criminal proceedings against the President of Fedeeration Internationale de Football Association (Fifa) on suspicion of criminal mismanagement as well as – alternatively – on suspicion of misappropriation."

  45. BreakingBlatter being questioned

    Fifa scandal

    Richard Conway

    BBC Radio 5 live sports news correspondent

    BBC understands Fifa president Sepp Blatter is currently being questioned in Zurich by representatives from the Swiss Attorney General’s office. Understand US not involved in Blatter questioning. Swiss inquiry.

  46. Get Involved

    #bbcsportsday

    Excitement is building about England v Wales in the Rugby World Cup at Twickenham on Saturday. 

    This feature gives you more than a clue about what the rivalry means to many of us but we want to know what the match means to you?

    So Tweet what England v Wales means to you to via #bbcsportsday or text 81111.

  47. World Football podcast

    graphic

    In a rare interview, former Leicester City midfielder Muzzy Izzethas spoken to BBC World Football about the moment he arrived in Istanbul after agreeing to play for Turkey.

    The London-born player also reflects on his unexpected appearance in a World Cup semi-final against Brazil.

    Hear more from Izzet by downloadingthe latest World Football podcast.

  48. Sergio Aguero Q&A

    Football

    Sergio Aguero

    Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero has been hosting a question and answer session with Uefa.

    He reveals which sports star was his childhood hero, explains which team-mate can 'feel the pulse of a game', and describes his Premier League-winning goal against QPR in three words.

  49. Cross code?

    Scotland v USA (Sun, 14:30 BST)

    Tom English

    BBC Scotland in Leeds

  50. Get Involved

    #bbcsportsday

    Which sports person would you award an honorary degree, in which subject and why?

    Iregbenu Paul: Cantona, PhD in Fisheries and Shipping management for all his talks on sardines and trawler. 

    Ben Tatton: Paul Scholes: honorary degree in geometry as his instinct for the angle of a pass is genius. 

    Sir Fred Mutai: David Silva, degree in Geography; he spots where everyone is whenever he has the ball on his feet...

    Get involved via #bbcsportsday, text 81111 or post on BBC Sport Facebook page.

  51. I'm unlikely to make Euros squad - Austin

    Football

    Charlie Austin

    QPR striker Charlie Austin believes staying with the club has cost him a chance of playing for England at the 2016 European Championships - but is determined to fire them to promotion as compensation.

    The 26-year-old rejected the chance to leave Loftus Road over the summer despite QPR's relegation from the Premier League.

    "I know the Euros are at the end of the season, but the likelihood now is that I'm not going to be involved in that squad," he told BBC Wiltshire.

  52. Hamilton learns 'diddly-squat' from practice

    Formula 1

    Lewis Hamilton

    Lewis Hamilton says he learned "diddly-squat" from Friday's rain-hit practice in Suzuka ahead of the Japanese Grand Prix

    Hamilton completed only 14 laps in the two 90-minute sessions as persistent rain wreaked havoc with the day's schedule.

    Red Bull's Daniil Kvyat ended the day at the top of the order ahead of the Mercedes duo of Nico Rosberg and Hamilton. 

    "It is irrelevant what we did today as it is going to be dry, but it is a shame for the fans because so many people have turned up today and they have been sitting in the rain and not seen many cars go round. It is boring for them."

  53. Rugby World Cup

    BBC Radio 5 Live

  54. New date next week - Klitschko

    Boxing

    Wladimir Klitschko says a new date will be announced next week for his world heavyweight title fight against Tyson Fury, which will still take place in Dusseldorf.

    Wladimir Klitschko

    In a statement, Klitschko confirms a tendon tear in his left calf has forced him to leave his training camp and seek medical treatment.

    "I know that a lot of fans have already organized their trips to support me in Dusseldorf. I am so sorry that I am not able to fight on October 24," he said.

    "I also apologise to my opponent, who has spent many weeks preparing for this fight. I will do my very best to recover as fast as possible.”

  55. Chelsea news conference

    Newcastle v Chelsea (17:30 BST)

    John Southall

    BBC Radio Five Live football reporter

    Strange news conference. Jose Mourinho was unwilling to speak about Diego Costa  because of recriminations that may come the manager's way, but was clearly angry that they haven't received the written explanation before the first game of the striker's ban.

    Jose Mourinho

    Another week, another apparent dig at Arsene Wenger. When asked about Steve McClaren feeling the pressure, Mourinho claimed there's only one manager who is not under pressure and then launched on a lengthy attack on that unnamed manager. It doesn't take Poirot to work out his identity.

    Jose's also believed he's on a mythical list that can't talk about referees before games.

    Oh, and they're playing Newcastle on Saturday and have a fully-fit squad. Just another Friday at Cobham...

  56. Sunderland news conference

    Man Utd v Sunderland (Sat, 15:00 BST)

    Nick Barnes

    BBC Newcastle's Sunderland commentator

    Patrick van Aanholt

    Dick Advocaat has reiterated how important it is that he gets Sunderland's defence organised. 

    The head coach told BBC Newcastle that “it is the manner we give the goals away” that is the problem, but he says he is reluctant to replace out of form left-back Patrick van Aanholt with right-sided Spurs loanee DeAndre Yedlin.

    Advocaat says the seven or eight games following this weekend’s at Manchester United are critical.     

  57. Tottenham news conference

    Tottenham v Manchester City (Sat, 12:45 BST)

    Rob Nothman

    BBC Sport

    Harry Kane

    Another little snippet from Spurs, where manager Mauricio Pochettino was repeatedly asked about Harry Kane's goalscoring record of just two in his last 14 league appearances.

    "We must stop speaking about Harry Kane," he said. "We must let him do his job. The most important thing is I am very happy with his effort and the way he plays. I think he can improve his quality. This is a tough moment but the people around the club and in the changing room - we believe in him."

  58. Get Involved - honorary degrees

    #bbcsportsday

    Eddy Orsmond: Andy Murray,Expectation management.

    Kgotso Tsheole: AB de Villiers.... For applied mathematics! 

    Get involved via #bbcsportsday, text 81111 or post on BBC Sport Facebook page.  

  59. Newcastle news conference

    Newcastle v Chelsea (17:30 BST)

    Newcastle boss Steve McClaren finishes off with a message of hope for Chelsea...

  60. Newcastle news conference

    Newcastle v Chelsea (17:30 BST)

    Some strong stuff from Newcastle boss Steve McClaren...

  61. Blatter news conference cancelled

    Fifa executive committee meeting

    Fifa president Sepp Blatter was supposed to be talking to the media at a Fifa executive committee meeting in Zurich on Friday but..  

  62. World Cup dates confirmed

    Fifa executive committee meeting

    Fifa have confirmed that the 2022 World Cup will be staged from 21 November to 18 December.

  63. Stoke City news conference

    Stoke v Bournemouth (Sat, 15:00 BST)

    Hughes is also hopingPeter Crouchcan help them improve their points return...

  64. Stoke City news conference

    Stoke v Bournemouth (Sat, 15:00 BST)

    Manager Mark Hughes is staying positive despite Stoke's difficult start to the campaign....

  65. Chelsea news conference

    Newcastle Utd v Chelsea (Sat, 17:30 BST)

    Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho finishes by saying his whole family is going to England v Wales at Twickenham in the Rugby World Cup and that he wishes he was going to be there.

    Who is going to win Jose? "I'm not a specialist".

  66. Stoke City news conference

    Stoke v Bournemouth (Sat, 15:00 BST)

    Mark Hughes is addressing the media at the Britannia Stadium ahead of Stoke City's game against Bournemouth.

  67. Get Involved - Who was Jose talking about?

    #bbcsportsday

    James Eaglesfield: Is Mr Mourinho having a dig at Mr Wenger perhaps?

    Jack Richardson: Jose complaining about a manager.... couldn't be Wenger could it? Outside bet...

    Ben Courtney-Guy: He's talking about Wenger. It makes sense, when you think about it.

  68. Chelsea news conference

    Newcastle Utd v Chelsea (Sat, 17:30 BST)

    More from Chelsea's Jose Mourinho:

    "It is a difficult league. Newcastle lost to Watford and West Ham, they are good teams. The distance between these teams and the others is getting smaller."

    It is fair to say the Chelsea boss isn't making the journalists' lives easy here...

  69. Chelsea news conference

    Newcastle Utd v Chelsea (Sat, 17:30 BST)

    Jose Mourinho

    More from Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho:

    "In this country only one manager is not under pressure, every other manager is under pressure. [Manuel] Pellegrini, Brendan [Rodgers], Steve McClaren. We cannot lose matches, we cannot be below expectations. I have sympathy for all of them and they have sympathy for me because it is a difficult job.

    "There is one for some reason outside that list but good for him."

    Who is that, Jose?

    "You know. Can speak about referees before and after, can push people in the technical areas, can cry in the morning, can cry in the afternoon, nothing happens. Can not achieve, keep his job, can still be the king, it is privilege."

    So, who is he talking about? Have a guess at #bbcsportsday

  70. Chelsea news conference

    Newcastle v Chelsea (Sat, 17;30 BST)

    Asmir Begovic

    More from Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho: "All my strikers are very good players. The motivation for players is to try and play every time.

    "We have one goalkeeper injured and we have [Asmir] Begovic and the third goalkeeper becomes the second."

  71. Chelsea news conference

    Newcastle Utd v Chelsea (Sat, 17:30 BST)

    Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is asked whether he is frustrated about not receiving the written reasons for Diego Costa's ban: 

    "Your question is clear, you don't need my answer. It is not normal but nothing more to say.

    "If I answer I am going to be suspended. I don't comment because in the rule book it says some managers can speak about the referee before and after the game and others cannot. I am in the ones that are punished if they do. I have to stick with that rule book."

  72. Chelsea news conference

    Newcastle v Chelsea (Sat, 17:30 BST)

    Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is speaking to the media. This could be fun...

  73. Man Utd news conference

    Man Utd v Sunderland (Sat, 15:00 BST)

    Simon Stone

    BBC Sport

    Louis van Gaal played downManchester United'sprogess ahead of Saturday's game with Sunderland at Old Trafford.

    "We are not ahead of schedule. But in any league, a two point average is a high average."

    Anthony Martial

    He also tried to temper expectations of summer signingAnthony Martial, who could become first player to score for the club in his first three Premier League games.

    "He is still living in a hotel. He is only in the first phase of his adaptation. His wife and kid are there. That is also important.

    "He has had a bit of luck. I don't think the record will come into his head."

  74. Blatter news conference cancelled

    Fifa executive committee meeting

    Fifa president Sepp Blatter was supposed to be talking to the media at a Fifa executive committee meeting in Zurich on Friday but..

  75. Get Involved

    #bbcsportsday

    Kethan Dawar: Re: Alan Pardew's favourite Elton John song, it's Gotta be Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting.

  76. Man Utd news conference

    Man Utd v Sunderland (Sat, 15:00 BST)

    The Manchester United boss is also looking forward to a reunion with his fellow countryman and friend Dick Advocaat: 

    "I sympathise with him. I hope Sunderland win every game - apart from against us."

    Louis van Gaal & Dick Advocaat
  77. Man Utd news conference

    Man Utd v Sunderland (Sat, 15:00 BST)

    Van Gaal also had this to say about the impact of summer signing Anthony Martial:

  78. Man Utd news conference

    Man Utd v Sunderland (Sat, 15:00 BST)

    Louis van Gaal

    Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal will wait until December before deciding whether to send James Wilson out on loan. 

    The Dutch manager said earlier this month that he planned to send the 19-year-old out on a temporary basis so the player could get some experience, but he remains on United's books. 

    The United boss said he has "doubts" about whether it would be worthwhile loaning the player to a Championship club.

    "I have talked with him and I think we wait until December," van Gaal said.

  79. Crystal Palace news conference

    Crystal Palace v Watford (Sun, 16:00 BST)

    Emma Saunders

    BBC London

    Watford's front two of Troy Deeney and Odion Ighalo have impressed so far this season.

  80. Man Utd news conference

    Man Utd v Sunderland (Sat, 15:00 BST)

    Louis van Gaal wil be taking his seat shortly at Manchester United's training groud at Carrington, to speak to the media ahead of their game with Sunderland. Or possibly sing. Who knows.

    Manchester United
  81. Get Involved

    #bbcsportsday

    Which sports person would you award an honorary degree, in which subject and why?

    Onwude James: Di Maria deserves a degree in philosophy from the University of Manchester, as this will help him understand LvG's Philosophy. 

    Sam Pennells: Claudio Ranieri gets a BSC in food as he is determined to give his team free pizza. 

    Simon Minty: Mourinho PHD in medicine. Clearly he knows when to go and treat the players on the pitch.

    Get involved via #bbcsportsday, text 81111 or post on BBC Sport Facebook page.  

  82. Fury v Klitchsko off

    Boxing

  83. Crystal Palace news conference

    Watford v Crystal Palace (Sun, 16:00 BST)

    Tom Rostance

    BBC Sport live text commentator

    Great shout, Tom. Let us know at #bbcsportsday.

  84. BreakingThey think it's all over - it is now

    Boxing

    Tyson Fury v Vladimir Klitschko is off...

  85. Man Utd news conference

    Man Utd v Sunderland (Sat, 15:00 BST)

    Louis van Gaal's revealed he has a lack of defesnive options against Sunderland - with Marcos Rojo and Paddy McNair both injured along with long-term absentee Luke Shaw.....

  86. Crystal Palace news conference

    Watford v Crystal Palace (Sunday, 16:00 BST)

    More from Palace boss Alan Pardew on the depth of his squad and why Europa League football could be a target for them...

  87. Tendon tear for Klitschko

    Boxing

    The Manchester Evening News is now reporting Tyson Fury's world heavyweight title showdown with Wladimir Klitschko is off. 

    Fury's trainer and uncle Peter Fury has told them that champion Klitschko has suffered a tendon tear in his left calf during a training session on Thursday, meaning the fight has been postponed.

    Wladimir Klitschko
  88. Man City news conference

    Tottenham v Man City (Sat, 12:45 BST)

    Ian Cheeseman

    BBC Radio Manchester's City commentator

    Manager Manuel Pellegrini wouldn't comment on Manchester City being linked with free signing Luke Bratton from Australian side Brisbane Roar.

    The 25-year-old, who was born in Hull, helped Brisbane win three A-league titles, and is reported to be set for a move to the Blues who plan to loan him out immediately, after being alerted to him by their sister club Melbourne City.

  89. Rugby World Cup

    Ireland v Romania (Sunday 16:45 BST)

  90. Crystal Palace news conference

    Watford v Crystal Palace (Sunday, 16:00 BST)

    Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew has started his pre-match news conference...

  91. Sussex in danger of drop

    Yorkshire 251 & 305, Sussex 248 & 88-5 - lunch, day four

    BBC Sussex's Adrian Harms at Headingley:

    "County Champions Yorkshire are closing in on a record 11th win Championship win of the season after blasting away the Sussex top order.

    "Knowing that defeat will consign them to Division Two cricket next season, Sussex haven't shown the necessary resolve so far. Mike Yardy, playing his final game of first-class cricket, will relish the battle ahead but Sussex look odds on for relegation at lunch."

  92. Rossington takes Northants into lead

    Surrey 410 v Northants 110 & 362-5

    BBC Radio Northampton's Alex Winter at The Oval:

    "He’s missed a lot of cricket over the past two months but Adam Rossington has come out showing the form that saw him earn a Northants contract this time last year.

    "He almost made a century in around 90 minutes but will come out after lunch six runs away from a third first-class century and to try and continue the Northants fightback."

  93. Man City news conference

    Tottenham v Man City (Sat, 12:45 BST)

    Manuel Pellegrini admits Sergio Aguero wasn't fully fit for their defeat by West Ham......

  94. Man City news conference

    Tottenham v Man City (Sat, 12:45 BST)

    Manchester City will be without David Silva and Eliaquim Mangala when they go to Tottenham on Saturday, but are boosted by the return of their captain...

  95. Tottenham news conference

    Tottenham v Man City (Sat, 12:45 BST)

    Some injury news from Tottenham...

  96. Man City news conference

    Tottenham v Man City (Sat, 12:45 BST)

    Still no news from Manchester City, maybe Manuel Pellegrini will turn up dressed as Batman?

    Maybe not.....

  97. Crystal Palace news conference

    Watford v Crystal Palace (Sun, 16:00 BST)

    Emma Saunders

    BBC London

    Dwight Gayle scored three against Charlton in the League Cup in midweek.

  98. Fury for Tyson

    Boxing

    One to keep an eye on...

    German media are reportingWladimir Klitschkohas picked up an injury which will force the postponement of his world title fight againstTyson Fury.

    All those Batman shenanigans for nothing...

    Wladimir Klitschko
  99. Newcastle apologise to fans

    Football

    Charnley has promised supporters that the club is taking "collective action" to improve the team's fortunes on the pitch.  

    "Now is the time for collective action, and for us to find solutions to the problems rather than allow ourselves to be consumed by them," he wrote.  

  100. Friday Sports Panel

    BBC Radio 5 Live

    Friday Sports Panel

    On the show, Elly Oldroyd will be joined by British triathlete Vicky Holland, former Scotland rugby international Jim Hamilton, and British steeplechaser Eilish McColgan.

    You can listen from 13:00 BST here

  101. County Championship live

    Cricket

    BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra

    Don't forget you can listen to commentary on BBC Radio 5 live Sports Extra and local radio, plus scorecards, from the final day of the County Championship here.

  102. County Championship lunch round-up

    Cricket

    Division One

    Somerset 438 & 110, Warwickshire 324 & 104-5 at Taunton - Warwickshire need 120 more for victory

    Yorkshire 251 & 305, Sussex 248 & 88-5 at Headingley - Sussex need 221 more for victory

    Division Two

    Leicestershire 329 & 363, Derbyshire 352 & 61-0 at Derby - Derbyshire need another 280 for victory

    Essex 394, Lancashire 274-4 at Chelmsford

    Glamorgan 433 & 191-3, Gloucestershire 558 at Bristol - Glamorgan lead by 66

    Surrey 410, Northants 110 & 362-5 at The Oval - Northants lead by 62

  103. Hampshire waiting on fate after win

    Notts 340 & 185 v Hampshire 326 & 200-2

    BBC Radio Nottingham's Dave Bracegirdle at Trent Bridge:

    "Hampshire faced an anxious wait to see if their efforts had been enough to preserve their First Division status after defeating Nottinghamshire by eight wickets at Trent Bridge.

    "The opening stand between Jimmy Adams and Michael Carberry reached 129 before Adams chopped on to his stumps after making 70l. Carberry closed on 84 not out and Will Smith was unbeaten on 34 at the end. 

    "The outcome left the victors sweating on news from Headingley, where their survival hopes depended on Sussex losing to Yorkshire. Nottinghamshire’s defeat, their first in eight matches, confirmed their third place finish in the table."

  104. Man City news conference

    Tottenham v Man City (Sat, 12:45 BST)

    Ian Cheeseman

    BBC Radio Manchester's City commentator

    Surely top of the agenda at today's Manchester City press conference is the fitness of captain Vincent Kompany, play-maker David Silva & striker Wilfried Bony. 

  105. Get Involved - honorary degrees

    #bbcsportsday

    Casey Richard on Facebook: Paul Scholes in Psychology. I think Scholesy's eye for observation during his playing days is unmatched.

    Bonface Muchiri: Arsene wenger in economics 

    Benjamin Woolford: Steven Bradbury in sports science.

    Get involved via #bbcsportsday, text 81111 or post on BBC Sport Facebook page.  

  106. Now that's showboating

    Football

    Duncan Watmore

    Sunderland boss Dick Adocaat is finished with his news conference but, talking about the Black Cats, have a look at this video.

    BBC Sport's David Ornstein meets Sunderland and England Under-21 forward Duncan Watmore, who answers questions on economics whilst doing keepy-ups.

    Watmore, who scored for the Black Cats against Norwich earlier this season, was recently awarded a first-class honours degree in economics and business management at Newcastle University.

  107. Guardiola reacts to England rumours

    Football

    Pep Guardiola

    So Pep Guardiola was asked on Friday about speculation linking him with the England job.

    The Catalan was not best impressed, and decided to end the news conference there and then. "Oh come on, I'm coach of Bayern Munich," he said. "Many thanks and auf wiedersehen."

    That counts as a "refused to rule out", right?

  108. Sunderland news conference

    Man Utd v Sunderland (Sat, 15:00 BST)

    Manchester City beat Sunderland 4-1 in the League Cup third round on Tuesday but boss Dick Advocaat refuses to be downbeat...

  109. Tottenham news conference

    Tottenham v Man City (Sat, 12:45 BST)

    Rob Nothman

    BBC Sport

    Sergio Aguero

    We hear shortly fromMauricio Pochettino,who will have quite a job explaining Tottenham's dismal recent record against Manchester City. 

    Spurs have conceded 16 goals in their last four games against City and have often been punished by Sergio Aguero. Can Pochettino devise a plan to keep his fellow Argentine quiet?

  110. Everton news conference

    West Brom v Everton (Mon, 20:00 BST)

    Roberto Martinez is wary of facing West Brom at the wrong time: "I think they are in their best moment of the season so far - their best performance arrived against Aston Villa. They've always been hard to break down, the focus is to try and go and be ourselves, scoring goals and breaking one of the best defensive units in the Premier League."

  111. Sunderland news conference

    Man Utd v Sunderland (Sat, 15:00 BST)

    Sunderland remain winless in the Premier League this season and, also out of the League Cup, are bottom in the table. Manager Dick Adocaat has started his news conference...

  112. Everton news conference

    West Brom v Everton (Mon, 20:00 BST)

  113. Everton news conference

    West Brom v Everton (Mon, 20:00 BST)

    Ross Barkley

    Roberto Martinez on Ross Barkley: "The next step is being able to be consistent. I've been very impressed with his consistency this season, young players often lose their level.

    "He's been consistent since the first game which is not normal for a young man to have that responsibility and that bravery."

    "Last year he had an injury just before the season, then you're catching up constantly. This campaign he came back refreshed, had a good summer and all the lessons made him a better player and that continuity has helped him to a fluent start to the campaign."

  114. Everton news conference

    West Brom v Everton (Mon, 20:00 BST)

    John Stones

    Roberto Martinez says centre-back John Stones is touch and go for Monday's game at West Brom, while full-back Seamus Coleman will be assessed ahead of the match at The Hawthorns.

  115. Everton news conference

    West Brom v Everton (Mon, 20:00 BST)

    Roberto Martinez on consistency: "The two performances Southampton away and Chelsea at home have shown what we can achieve. Now we need consistency over the term of the season.

    "The excitement is there, with the group of players we have. Our level of performances have probably been better than the points return. I'd rather have the performances than the points at this stage, but in general terms we are very aware of the level of competition we have faced so far."

  116. Everton news conference

    West Brom v Everton (Mon, 20:00 BST)

    We'll bring you the best of it very soon...

  117. Sunderland news conference

    Man Utd v Sunderland (15:00 BST)

  118. Still to come

    Football

    There's a raft of Premier League news conferences on their way this afternoon, starting with Everton and Sunderland any time now. 

    Others to keep an eye out for include Manchester City at 12:45 BST, Manchester United at 13:15 BST and Chelsea at 14:00 BST. 

    Stay tuned.

  119. Fergie time

    Football

    Alex Ferguson

    Aberdeen have been thinking about it for 30-odd years, and they have finally decided the time is right to induct Sir Alex Ferguson into their hall of fame...

    The former Manchester United and Scotland manager will be the guest of honour at a dinner in November.

  120. Get Involved

    #bbcsportsday

    Which sports person would you award an honorary degree, in which subject and why?

    Paul Emeka Kalu: Wenger: Professor in Economics. Astute with money and spending.

    Omar: To @MesutOzil1088 BA in Creativity and the Art of Assisting, from University of Oxford. 

    Guy Janaway: Geography or Art degree to David Cameron so he can tell the difference between West Ham and Aston Villa.

    Get involved via #bbcsportsday, text 81111 or post on BBC Sport Facebook page.  

  121. Northampton given three weeks to repay £10.25m

    Football

    Northampton Town have three weeks to pay back a £10.25m loan, or face legal proceedings from Northampton Borough Council. 

    Sixfields Stadium

    The council say the club has missed the last two repayments and has "not given the borough confidence in their ability" to make up the deficit and continue repayments, although they will continue to support the club and remain open to discussion.

    In response club chairman David Cardoza said: "I understand the news today is alarming for supporters but it is a deadline we intend to meet."

    "Talks regarding the takeover are taking longer than anyone would have hoped but they are progressing and are close to being concluded but it is a complex, legal situation that takes time," he said.

  122. Thinking caps on

    Formula 1

    A Question of Sport Teaser

    Here's today's poser from our friends at Question of Sport.

    Which four Formula 1 drivers have finished in the points in each of the last three Japanese Grands Prix?

    We'll give you the answer a little later on.

  123. Aussies apologise for painkillers overdose

    Rugby League

    Two Australian rugby league players who ended up in intensive care after overdosing on painkillers have apologised for the upset caused.

    Dylan Walker and Aaron Gray, who play for National Rugby League side South Sydney Rabbitohs, left the city's St Vincent Hospital on Friday.

    Dylan Walker

    They were admitted on Tuesday after taking too many painkillers while watching films at Gray's home.

    "We would like to apologise to all our family and friends," Gray, 21, said. "We've learned from our mistakes," he added.

  124. Building the bricks

    Football

    Lego

    We all love Lego don't we? Of course we do.

    One Nottingham Forest fan though has combined his love for the bricky toy bits with his passion for his football club.

    Nigel Daws decided he'd utilise his creative flair to recreate the legends of Forest 1979 and 1980 European winning squads in Lego form.

    Read the story in the Nottingham Post.

  125. On this day

    Athletics

    Cathy Freeman

    In 2000, Australia's Cathy Freeman won an iconic 400m gold at the Sydney Olympics.

    Remember the outfit? A prelude to the Onesie...

  126. Gossip

    Football

    Sunderland Echo: Sunderland are working to sort out a new contract for striker Duncan Watmore, 21. 

    RMC Sport, via Evening Standard:  The agent of 19-year-old Manchester United striker Anthony Martial has criticised Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, saying: "There are those who follow footballers and those who buy them." 

    Brisbane Courier Mail: Manchester City are set to sign former Brisbane Roar midfielder Luke Brattan and then loan out the 25-year-old. 

    You can see all the gossip from the media here.

  127. Rugby World Cup

    Scotland v USA

    You can see the full team here for Sunday's clash here. There are 10 changes...

  128. Work in progress...

    Man United v Sunderland (Sat, 15:00 BST)

    Nick Barnes

    BBC Newcastle's Sunderland commentator

    graphic

    Nice and neat Nick, nice and neat...

  129. Get Involved

    #bbcsportsday

    Which sports person would you award an honorary degree, in which subject and why?

    Allan Abbas: Arsene Wenger, a degree in Accountancy (for balancing the books) since he already has a degree in Economics.

    James: Steve McCLaren to be awarded an honorary degree in Aerodynamics to fully understand his teams freefall in the Premier League. 

    Simon Buckley: David Beckham deserves one for 'David Beckham studies' at Staffordshire University.

    Get involved via #bbcsportsday, text 81111 or post on BBC Sport Facebook page.  

  130. BBC coverage

    Cricket

    Autumn is truly upon us, it’s the last day of the County Championship season and play is underway at seven grounds across the country. The key issue to be resolved is who is joining Worcestershire in relegation from Division One. Hampshire are the team in the danger zone at present, they need a win at Nottinghamshire and for Sussex to lose at Yorkshire to survive at their south coast rivals expense.

    This could well happen, with Hampshire currently half-way to a small target of 200 for the loss of no wickets. Meanwhile Sussex quickly took the final Yorkshire wicket of Jack Brooks this morning to leave them with a target of 309. All they need to do is bat out the day – but they’ve already lost captain Ed Joyce to the bowling of Brooks for 1.

    In Division Two, Surrey are closing in on the title – the Curran brothers took 11 Northants wickets yesterday and they’ve continued where they left off this morning, taking three more as the visitors follow-on. Surrey only need a draw to get their hands on the trophy, but a win is looking likely there.

    You can listen to all the action as it unfolds on our livepage.

  131. McLaren will respect Button decision

    Formula 1

    McLaren's managing director Jonathan Neale has dropped the biggest hint yet that Jenson Button will bring the curtain down on his Formula One career at the end of the season. 

    The 2009 world champion has so far remained tight-lipped on his plans beyond this yearm but Neale suggested that the Englishman is ready to call time on his grand prix career. 

    Jenson Button

    "We are contracted with him, we want him to stay and we like him very much, but if your driver doesn't really want to be in the seat, we have to respect that", said Neale. 

    "I really hope that we have done enough between us to continue those discussions with him and have the confidence to keep him with us and that is what we would like." 

  132. Norwich City news conference

    West Ham v Norwich (Sat, 15:00 BST)

    Chris Goreham

    BBC Radio Norfolk sport

    This time last year defender Sebastien Bassong's days at Norwich looked numbered as he was farmed out on loan to Watford having fallen out of favour with former manager Neil Adams. The appointment of Alex Neil in January gave Bassong a way back and he is the only player to have started all 8 of Norwich's matches so far this season. 

    Bassong told us this morning that he has learned from his previous mistakes:

    "I haven’t done everything right, if there’s some trouble I blame myself first. I wanted to make it right. I put my head down, I worked. People who had a misunderstanding of me were wrong.”

  133. Get Involved

    #bbcsportsday

    Pratik Panda: Andrea Pirlo. Architecture. Need I say more! 

    Usman Suleman: A degree in History for Rafael Benitez due to his obsession with facts. 

    Ged Lynam: Brendan Rodgers honorary degree in Geography, so he can find his way to the docks; there's a boat leaving in the morning......

    Which sports person would you award an honorary degree, in which subject and why?

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  134. Friday Sports Panel

    BBC Radio 5 Live